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economy hostage. if the house can pass a clean debt ceiling increase and meeting the existing obligations we will be happy to consider it. here we are as i said three days before inauguration and it looks like another fight that the republicans are not prepared to it seems to follow through on despite the threats. >> zachary and i were having a conversation in the green room and i said i don't understand the meaning of a second inauguration for the president. i get it now. the reason we need another inauguration is apparently one party doesn't understand we had an election in november and they lost. which means that you move on and you let the president be the president of the united states. these guys still want to fight the old battles of 2012. >> but they're giving this extension now. >> a three-month extension. the white house should tell them to go shove it. you can't run a government three months at a time. you have to have a long-term planning. bad for the markets. bad for the country. bad for the economy. let's make clear, definitive decisions. you lost. let's come together and co
is up 5,550 points since then, just shy of the 14,000 mark. the economy is growing. instead of contracting. in the first quarter of 2009, the gdp contracted 5.3%. it grew 3.1% when the last time it was officially measured. though remains below where it was before the great recession, consumer confidence has nearly doubled. and a larger percentage of americans, 41%, according to our last poll, believe the country is headed in the right direction, up from 26% in january, 2009. on the other hand, there is plenty of data to support the idea that the drink country is not better off than it was four years ago. and that the struggling economy continues to take a toll on families. median household income is lower than it was in 2009. and 46 million americans live below the poverty line. several million more than four years ago. the federal public debt has increased from 10.6 trillion in january 2009 to 16.4 trillion now. then there's the big number that's exactly the same as it was four years ago. the unemployment rate. 7.8%. though it's down from, of course, a high of 10% in octobe
pessimistic about its leaders here in d.c., and worse, they think washington is hurting the economy. the whole poll is on our website right now. nbcnews.com. >> boy, those numbers didn't have much far further to go. chuck todd in our d.c. newsroom tonight. thanks for all of it. >>> weather is making news tonight. a very large winter storm system has left quite a bit of snow on the ground from the deep south, and we're talking about mississippi, alabama, rare snow on the ground there, to the mid atlantic tonight. systems moving fast, but the snowfall where it's falling is heavy and intense. there is one storm-related death to report. thousands are without power. you're looking at a live picture of the scene outside richmond right now. they could get up to 6 inches there tonight with a rain/snow mix, hazardous travel expected tonight, right up through the carolinas. it will all move out to sea by tomorrow. it will knick the jersey shore and at least long island on its way out. >>> still ahead as our broadcast continues, the mystery coming ashore. the tsunami trash that floated halfway around the
countries. why this site specifically? it is about gas and oil, that is the backbone of the economy and of course that is of great interest for the europeans who import from algeria. melissa: why attack in algeria for what is happening in molly? you can see they are neighbors, but why would this be the best way to make a statement, do you think? >> algeria has opened its airspace between friends in the north and the train into mali. it aided france in attacking al qaeda in mali. this is a lesson, a revenge against algeria to stop them from along the french across into mali. melissa: what is our role, what is the proper response for us? there are americans involved among the hostages, we have a drone overhead but it is limited given the algerian military is on-site. what can america do and what should we do? >> that is things we cannot talk about what the government will not talk about. obviously a special mission is being prepared that would emerge if they're executed, but let's be clear, the lead is the algerians. they are on the ground surrounding the flight. some hostages have be
president obama took office four years ago, the economy was getting smaller. now it is growing. nbc's first read team tries to answer the question -- are we better off now than we were four years ago? they answer it with numbers and not just, you know, gut reaction to things. the numbers. >>> and happy birthday to the first lady and that by the way is just one of the things we thought you should know. hey sis, it's so great to see you. you, too! oh, cloudy glasses. you didn't have to come over! actually, honey, i think i did... oh? you did? whoa, ladies, easy. hi. cascade kitchen counselor. we can help avoid this with cascade complete pacs. see, over time, cascade complete pacs fight film buildup two times better than finish quantum. to help leave glasses sparkling shiny! too bad it doesn't work on windows. okay, i'm outta here. cascade. the clear choice. >>> welcome back. as we gear up for the president's second inauguration, are we better off than we were four years ago? the answer depends on the stats you pick. there are plenty of numbers suggesting that the country is on more solid foot
lawmakers accountable for what they're doing or not doing to the economy. i am the network's chief business correspondent in addition to anchoring the show. it's a title i earned covering economies and businesses and stock marks around the world. you can see me do that every weekday morning on a show called "world business today." next week, i'll be talking to some of the smartest most powerful minds in business who have an impact on your prosperity. let me show you where i'm going. davos is in the eastern part of squitser land in the swiss alps. it is the highest city in europe. a little more than 10,000 people live there, but every year some of the biggest names in business come in for the world economic for forum. it turns out to be the coldest place in europe and maybe the best place to take the temperature of the global economy. i'll be thousands of miles away but not going to forget about my job. my fox will be on what role the u.s. plays in the global economy and what 2013 is going to look like to the global business elite because their decisions will have an impact on investment and
, housing is better, you want to be invested in this economy for the next three to five years because that's where you're going to make money. you're not going to make money in fixed income. you're not going to make money focusing on only pure dividend stocks that are 5%, 6%. you're going to have to have companies that can grow the top lines, that have the ability to shepherd capital and really can take the consumer that is now in a better shape than the u.s. and now is getting better overseas to grow your company. >> okay. so you're talking mostly about multi national companies or -- >> multi nationals and secular growth companies. >> both? >> both, absolutely. but you want good companies with management that are just not going to sit there and do financial engineering and say, oh, we borrowed more money and because our cost of debt is lower than our dividend and we can do that. that party is over. that game is done. you really want the companies that i think if you want to beat the market and we think actually the market is going to have -- is going to grow, gives you a look at how much
temperature of the global economy. i'll be thousands of miles away but not going to forget about my job. my fox will be on what role the u.s. plays in the global economy and what 2013 is going to look like to the global business elite because their decisions will have an impact on investment and job creation right here in the united states. if you've got questions you want me to ask, you're unclear how the u.s. fits into the global economy right now, hit me up before i go or while i'm there. and tune in here saturdays as the 1:00 p.m. eastern, suns at 3:00. thanks for joining the conversation here on "your $$$$$" and have a fantastic $$$$$" and have a fantastic weekend. -- captions by vitac -- www.vitac.com >>> a beautiful day on the national mall. hello, everyone. it's 2:00 on the east coast. 11:00 a.m. out west. thank you for joining us. i'm kate bolduan. >> i'm john berman. great to see you here today. we are live in washington, d.c., covering a huge event for this city and a huge event for the entire country. president barack obama's second inauguration. >> you can just see the
. the 2013 ram 1500 with best-in-class fuel economy. engineered to move heaven and earth. guts. glory. ram. the new ram 1500. motor trend's 2013 truck of the year. >>> turns out that the subway footlong is sometimes 11 inches. we have been $5 foot wronged. now we know how jared lost all that weight! he starved to death! subway, it is over. i'm going to be keeping you honest by measuring every sandwich with the most accurate means possible, my fruit by the foot. >> i don't know, lance armstrong, manti te'o, now subway sandwiches. >> who can you trust? >> my world is crushed. let's take a look at the "morning papers." "the financial times." china's economic growth has hit its slowest rate in 13 years. still the country's gdp grew by 7.8%. economists say it could have been worse. they note amid concerns of a slowdown, china's government has spurred heavy investment in inf infrastructure. >> "usa today." congress, inexperienced. 40% of lawmakers in the house have fewer than three years' experience. the lowest number since at least 1995. as a result, new members are often receiving committee as
of the girlfriend hoax. >>> and a sign of the economy some atm machines will dispense something different in the near future. i guarantee you, though, it's still money. >>> good morning, everyone. welcome to "weekends with alex witt." ahead of the president's second inaugural, more in a moment. first what's happening out there. developing news from algeria. a twist. one confirm apgs of a dead american. the standoff in its fourth dap at the plant near the border with libya. military attempts to free the captive left that one american dead amoung an unknown number of others. five americans worked at that complex. two confirmed having escaped, two more held. algerian state tv said earlier, they helped release hundreds of other hostages. joining us like from the white house, kristen welker. good saturday morning to you. the latest reaction from the administration on the hostagetaking. >> reporter: good morning. welcome to washington. the administration obviously deeply concerned about the hostagetaking. i it tell you the secretary of state, the president, have been in contact with leaders in
with border enforcement, jobs and the california economy. since 2007 there's been less need for unskilled labor and a greater demand for workers with degrees. immigrants from asia, especially india, tend to be more highly educated. >> we see the united states of america as a pretty much gold mountain where we have endless opportunities to achieve. >> reporter: case in point, victor lu, he came to the united states as a refugee from vietnam and went into the restaurant supply business 25 years ago today. at 80,000 square feet his store is now one of the largest and most successful of its kind in the south bay. >> my parents both came about 33 years ago with nothing, no english. very limited english still today, but they decided to start a business and it flourished and with everybody's support it is what it is today. >> reporter: in the south bay, len ramirez, cbs5. >>> all this dry weather has put a dent in the snowpack now down from 137% to 109, but look at last year, 12% of normal. any snow on the mountains? any rain in your backyard? i got your forecast coming up. ,,,,,,,, get beauty
? it's hard enough getting jobs right now in this economy. veterans' unemployment is a little bit higher than the national rate. then you have people who are dealing with some type of wound as they try to get back into the workforce. do we have to curry the jobs towards their skills? >> no, i don't think so. i think these disabled veterans bring lots of skills and leadership skills as well as the breadth and depth of experience they had in the services back to local communities. what has occurred is the u.s. army in 2007 asked the national organization on disabilities to help develop a solution to this problem, and they created three locations in north carolina, texas and colorado to work very closely with these stabled veterans. it was one on one with other veterans working with veterans, primarily disabled with disabled, very career-intensive veterans centric and focused on transitioning them back into civil society. the success rate has been over 70% of those veterans after 18 months have a job or they're in some sort of educational environment to include vocational training. i
're growing at 7.9%. we're barely growing our economy at 2% and we're giving them money. bill: critics say we boosted electricity output. that was productive for the united states. they don't call it outsourcing. they call it insourcing. >> you can call it whatever you want. call it whatever you like. the goal of the stimulus was to create american jobs, yes i will give them a bit of credit they will create some american jobs here. the problem, they're not long-term. they're not sustainable. the other issue you're supposed to push entrepreneurship, small business here in the united states. one of the small business renewable energy companies says we can't compete. when the money is doled out, these big firms come from europe and asia and they jump in right away and get the american money. bill: you wonder how many more stories and companies we'll hear about this? started in solyndra. $4 billion is awful lot. >> obama said 4 more billion in the budget. bill: joy. e-mail, on twitter. at bill hemmer. by. because you asked. martha: brand new numbers from the cdc how deadly this flu season is beco
for the economy and global markets. >> longstanding tradition for the congress to raise the debt ceiling. this is power they have given themselves, the point is without delay. a monthly extension is drama. so, what, congress should simply do its job. it should not, we're not going to negotiate over extending the debt ceiling. >> reporter: jay carney said they should avoid another process that causes self-inflicted wound to the economy. jenna. jenna: mike emanuel in washington. mike, thank you. jon: on capitol hill concern is growing over what could happen if the country defaults on its debt. right now administration wants to pay the bill in the order which they are received but republicans say there is a better way that might even avoid default. chief political correspondent carl cameron is live in washington for us. so what are the alternatives here, carl? what's the plan? >> reporter: well, they're talking about plans and none of the alternatives are particularly good because the situation is so bad. with the white house refusing to negotiate spending cuts with republicans as part of a
. >> tech production tends to sink lower when the economy is struggling and when things are going well, drive us out of recession according to ross duval, study author. things are booming now and the numbers would support that. according to a new report on startups compiled by researchers, silicon 1234r50e8 12 was the best place in the world to start a company. >>> that might explain the area's number one ranking notice milken study but also consider these tidbits. san jose's wage growth dropped almost 2% in the last year, per the u.s. labor statistics and santa clara's unemployment rate, while a steady 7.7% is good for just seventh best in the state of california. >> job growth here greatly exceeds what we're seeing in any other metro area in the country. the challenge is there are still many families struggling as we know. unemployment exceeds 8% in san jose. >> and council mann's remarks there summarize the situation well. we are adding the most jobs of any place in the country here in silicon valley. that's true. startups are flourishing. but the overall economy by standard measure
, but it is increasing international significance of africa for the global economy. i think this is often at the root of the crisis. people whose land on which this applies, are often the most marginalized economically. you talk about the 9 & and 1%, they are the 99% and a cd he leaves, local and the big oil companies will, as just a very narrow interests and ignoring the rights the people on the ground. it is a vast region, at the middle of the desert but it is an incredibly rich region in terms of natural resources. i think it is important to recognize particularly with algeria, that it is not long ago, just 50 years ago, intense battles were under way to fight the colonial power, to fight france, and colonialism. it is a very short history in terms of people's fights for sovereignty and for liberation and for accessing control of their own land. i think it is important to understand the geography. yes, a jury that neighbors libya and mali, but it is in order for us to understand the history and the incredible significance of that region. >> one of the interesting things about what has happened in
of expectations and its shares turned negative after-hours. >>> good news on the u.s. economy led to an early slide for gold. swung back late in the session and hit a one-month high settles at 1690.80 an ounce. >>> our top story is the frightening situation in algeria where a botched attempt to free hostages from bp's natural gas complex turned deadly. al algerian source tells reuters 30 hostages were killed. seven foreigners, two japanese, one britain, a french national. seven americans are missing. the white house is saying some are not accounted for. fox news learned two americans are on their way to london. bp is pulling nonessential personnel out of algeria. details here still very fluid. there is a lot of conflicting reports out there. here to help us sort it out, john bolton, former ambassador to the united nations. he is also a fox news contributor. i want to start out, can you put this in perspective for us. how big of a deal is it to the u.s.? >> i think we should consider it very significant. even though it is in algeria a long way away. when you combine it with the hostilities in
is a bundle of joy for california's economy. a future worker. a future taxpayer, and a future buyer for your home. trouble is, there aren't enough women having babies. that spells potential crisis for the future of the state. >> i want to get married, have a career, all these things. most of my friends feel the same way. i think our generation wants to wait longer. we don't really see ourselves with kids in our 20s. >> maybe it's the economy. people with making sure they have enough for themselves first. >> we peaked in california in 1990. >> reporter: dell myers from usc sees a convergence of troubling trends. on top of a declining birthrate, there is a growing senior population. that means a shortage of doctors and caregivers in the supply pipeline to serve the aging. >> basically, there's almost twice as many seniors now per working-age person, or there will will, than tha there have been traditionally. >> reporter: aggravating factors are declining education opportunities and a higher cost of living in california. fewer people are coming to the state, including undocumented workers. myer
felt like the economy was starting to turn and at the same time, the interest rates kept getting lower and lower. that created a sense of urgency. >> reporter: they are hardly alone. at this development east of los angeles, sales have tripled over the last year. they're now selling homes faster than they can build them. >> this community is hoppin''. there's a lot of activity. >> reporter: real estate agent rose broghamer says it's a stark contrast to the scene here five years ago when the real estate boom went bust. there was a period where this was kind of like a ghost town. >> that's a really good word for it. it was very desolate. i did a lot of short sales helped a lot of people move out of their homes, out of their dream homes and had nowhere to put them. >> reporter: and now it's exactly the opposite. >> absolute. now we're seeing it come full circle. >> reporter: and then some. >> this is our master bedroom. >> reporter: the omens haven't even furnished their four-bedroom home with a view but they've already been approached by people asking. >> are you interested in selling? i
guy. i'm just -- i'm just a victim of this economy. >> reporter: but the tenants say they are the real victims in this case. in san francisco, i'm da lin, cbs 5. >>> well, it is the go to website before going out. now yelp will offer more than food reviews. cbs 5 consumerwatch reporter julie watts on the additional information being offered to diners in san francisco. >> reporter: when it comes to eating out, clean is just as important as the cuisine. >> it's definitely important to me how clean a restaurant is. it's very important. >> you don't want to go into a restaurant and end up with ptomaine poisoning. >> reporter: well, starting this week san francisco diners will have one more protection against food-borne illnesses. yelp will now post the san francisco health department inspection results next to their reviews and star ratings. so your standard search will also include the numerical grade given to the restaurant from 0 to 100 on its last inspection. >> anything from the structural condition of the restaurant to if there's
, the president is right side up in terms of his handling of the economy. about equal but doing a little better. meanwhile meanwhile, 14% of americans approve of congress. 49% hold a negative view of the republican party. that's the lowest the gop has been since 2008. 38% view the democratic party negatively. and take note, everybody. monday the "morning joe" crew will be in d.c. on capitol hill. special coverage of president obama's inauguration. everything will kick off here at 5:30 a.m. eastern time monday with a special edition of "way too early." >>> as always, you can let us know why you're awake right now. shoot us an e-mail at waytooearly@msnbc.com. or you can tweet m me @markhalperin. >>> still ahead, the hoax heard around the sport world. manti te'o exercises his right to remain silent, but there are new details coming up from his past interviews that are being made public. the question is, who was the real victim of the deception? was it te'o or the fans? >>> plus, stephen colbert weighs in on the president's backdrop when announces new gun proposals. that and a check on the weather
year and the fourth year. >> harder when he's a candidate to an achieve. the economy, they said if they passed the massive unemployment, it'd keep under 8%, it was spiked up to 10% and down to 7.8 and they say it's a fail. and killed osama bin laden, and passed health care, what kind of program we'll be we're only getting it now, it passed two years ago. >> alisyn: and iraq, promised to end iraq and making steps towards that as well. >> iraq and afghanistan. >> although unemployment continues to be a problem. i read this morning one more person unemployed, manti te'o's imagery girlfriend has lost her job. >> her imagery job. >> she didn't show up. >> we found out she was alive before she didn't exist. >> and people in kentucky picked up a phone and senator mitch mcconnell was calling them on the television and recorded a message sent out to about 250,000 people who live in kentucky. and who own guns who are hunters and he personally pledged as the minority leader in the u.s. senate, he will not allow the president's gun control measures to go through. and here is a little bit of
investors more optimistic about the economy. the dow is up 69. the nasdaq is up 18. s&p up 7. >>> an influential group of business leaders is pushing for an increase in the full retirement age. the business round table made up of large company's ceos -- companies' secretary of state, says the retirement age should gradually go up to 70. the group is proposing the older retirement age apply for both social security and medicare. members also want to partially privatize healthcare for older americans. they say their plan to help preserve social security and medicare for all americans. >>> 8:44. let's bring you up to date on some of the other top stories we're following for you right now. algerian forces reportedly raided a natural gas plant trying to free dozens of foreign hostages including americans held by militants. but the militants say 35 hostages and 15 kidnappers were killed by algerian military helicopters. they also say that seven hostages including two americans survived. no comment yet on this by the algerian government. >>> back this country, notre dame football st
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want to try to stimulate the economy. we'll give folks a break and lower it. it went from 6.2% to 4.2%. now it's back where it started. >> and congress decided not to decrease it because they felt that the economy was strong enough? it may sound small to some but doesn't feel small to a lot of people. >> we're talking about 160 million people that are affected by this. the average worker will feel like a $700 loss in income for the year. and biweekly check, that will really hit you. $50,000, it will go down by $38 every two weeks. >> is there a quick and easy way to calculate how much you're going to lose if you're in the mood to do that? >> you actually just calculate your wages by 0.2. >> do you have some tips for us as to what the best way to handle this is? >> it will take a lot of discipline from a lot of people. you were used to this and now you don't have it anymore. start with juadjusting your withholding. you want a little bit more in your paycheck every time. to do that, you need to double-check your withholding. go to the irs calculator and make sure you have the withhold
of our debt relative to the size of our economy, but it would make it manageable. jon: that's the $4 trillion that he is talking, talking about, sg that if you can cut $4 trillion in spending, that's going to make thingsings hunky dory. is it? >> with well, no, i would say no. for the reasons doug suggests that $4 trillion isn't really $4 trillion. if it were a real $4 trillion, it would be an effective patch, a short-term fix. what it will not do, however, is change the long-term debt trajectory of the country, and there's really no discussion, particularly discussion that involves the white house on a serious level about changing the debt trajectory of the country. you're not hearing from the president proposals for long-term, structural entitlement reform which everybody in washington, b everybody who's paid even cursory attention to these issues understands is what's really driving our debt. jon: and i just have to let our viewers know that steve is not a marionette, there are cables behind his head for the window washers -- [laughter] who are getting ready to clean the windows t
to bring about the collapse of the iranian economy or the surrender of their government. we're not saying sanctions are meaneringless. they are imposing various types of hardships on people in iran, but they are not having the kind of strategic effect that proponents of them here say that they will have, and i would say historically, there's no real example of a case where sanctions organized and instituted by the united states have led either to the overthrow of a government we didn't like or led it basically to surrender our our policy demands. we impose sanctions on iraq for more than a decade. killed more than 1 million iraqis in the process, half of them children, and the iraqi people didn't rise up to overthrow saddam. they didn't you know, change iraqi policies. it took a disastrous u.s. invasion in 2003 to do that. sanctions are not going to have the effect that people are being promised that they'll have here. >> i could talk to you both for hours. we didn't even scratch the surface of the nuclear capabilities and the allegations made against iran on that front, but hillary and f
on him and to what jay carney said about the president and the economy. >> shovel ready was not as shovel ready as we expected. >> the reelection was in some ways for all of us here, you know, a humbling experience because it was an assertion by the electorate to said despite how hard the last four years have been on this country because of the great economic crisis that we were in when the president took office, that the steps that we've taken have been the right steps, and more work needs to be done. >> more work needs to be done. when you talk to the president's top advisors, they say he wants to act quickly after the inaugural address and state of the union coming up in february to work on key domestic issues like immigration he reform, like gun control that he's been talking about throughout this week, but he realizes as well, they say, that he's got to keep his eye on the ball in terms of the economy, the jobs crisis, even though unemployment has gotten a little better in recent months, it's still obviously a very, very difficult situation all around the country, megyn. >> megyn: su
, versus ten four years ago. all after an expensive campaign, a tough economy and four years. >> just the moment that that was for the country, the first african-american president. and it was new for everyone. but you know what? there still is a level of excitement despite the numbers. >> as we move down pennsylvania avenue. >> reporter: already fortress d.c. is taking shape, a lockdown, as the president talks to historians about hitting the right tones in what will be his last inaugural address. despite the fact this is going to be a much smaller affair, it's going to be a lot of excitement, as anita mcbride said. the number of people, nearly double who came to the second inaugural for president bush and president clinton. >> still, that remarkable drop-off from the last time. david kerley, thank you very much. stay warm. >>> and our special coverage of the inauguration starts tomorrow on "gma." and abc news live coverage of the ceremony on monday, starts at 7:00 eastern, with george stephanopoulos and josh elliott co-anchoring. >> busy monday morning. >>> we're going to switch gear
it was in january, twine, the president is still struggling with the slow economy, high unemployment and voters lack of trust and confidence in washington. >> we are poised for a good year if we make smart decisions and sound investments. and as long as washington politics don't get in the way of america's progress. >> before the hard work of the second term begins, the obamas will squeeze in a little bit of sun. in 2009 the president and first lady had a whirlwind night on the town. ten inaugural balls. this year there are just two official balls. one is expected to draw more than 35,000. they will groove to the sounds of smoky robinson, usher, and brad paisley. >> and i like a good party. >> but it could be an early night. the president has a job to do the next day. >> it's been a busy and productive four years. i expect the same for the next four years. >> karen traverse, abc news, washington. >> our coverage of the inauguration begins monday at 4:00 a.m. with a special edition of good morning america. we will also have live streaming coverage at abc7 news.com starting at 6:30 monday morning. >>>
, 2009, the president is still struggling with the slow economy, high unemployment and voters' lack of trust and confidence in washington. >> we are poised for a good year if we make smart decisions and sound investments. and as long as washington politics don't get in the way of america's progress. >> before the hard work of the second term begins, the obamas will squeeze in a little bit of fun. in 2009 the president and first lady had a whirlwind night on the town. ten inaugural balls. this year there are just two official balls. one is expected to draw more than 35,000. ♪ they will groove to the sounds of katie perry, smoky robinson, usher, and brad paisley. >> and i like a good party. >> but it could be an early night. the president has a job to do the next day. >> it's been a busy and productive four years. i expect the same for the next four years. >> karen traverse, abc news, washington. >> our coverage of the inauguration begins monday at 4:00 a.m. with a special edition of good morning america. we will also have live streaming coverage at abc7 news.com starting at 6:30 mo
unpopular. egypt's number one industry is touchism. their economy depends on it. why would they do this to an american? >> top-level officials in the state department and the embassy as soon as 3:00 today called me and said if you can -- because i didn't come out here to start pointing fingers or hassling anyone other than bringing attention to the situation. they said listen, if you can avoided talking about the tourism aspect, that would be great. i said i can't -- i respect my state department and they're top-notch as well but i can't not mention this. i would say to anyone considering going to egypt right now, avoided egypt with every fiber of your being. until they can prove that they're going to treat visitors, anyone for that matter, ethically and morally stay away. i hope it stings economically. it is my own little private embargo. you can't have this. >> john: we're very happy to welcome any members of the egyptian government to come on and refute your story or give their side of it. i would be eager to hear it and have you back. how can people learn more about you? >> go
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